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alehouse

[eyl-hous]
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noun, plural ale·hous·es [eyl-hou-ziz] /ˈeɪlˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a tavern where ale or beer is sold; bar; pub.
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Origin of alehouse

before 1000; Middle English, Old English. See ale, house
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Related Words

hangout, tavern, pub, nightclub, barroom, speakeasy, bistro, lounge, inn, saloon, bar, hotel, joint, lodge, taproom, dive, alehouse, tap, canteen, rathskeller

Examples from the Web for alehouse

Historical Examples

  • To fiddle to a few villagers, and dash colour on an alehouse shutter!

    Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida

    Ouida

  • Nothing can be better imagined than the group in the alehouse.

  • We had left the alehouse, where we first met, and hired a room to hold our club in.

  • They had an alehouse boy always in attendance upon the workmen.

    The Printer Boy.

    William M. Thayer

  • The alehouse forms no inconsiderable part of the labourer's life.

    The Toilers of the Field

    Richard Jefferies


British Dictionary definitions for alehouse

alehouse

noun
  1. archaic a place where ale was sold; tavern
  2. informal another name for pub
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Word Origin and History for alehouse

n.

also ale-house, Old English eala-huse; see ale + house (n.). An alehouse "is distinguished from a tavern, where they sell wine" [Johnson].

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